Job Opportunity: PhD researcher: Medieval Literature and Stylometry, Ghent University

The Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University in Belgium, has a job opportunity for a full-time PhD researcher to work on an innovative digital humanities project in the area of medieval literature and stylometry.

The project entitled 'Collaborative Authorship in Twelfth-Century Latin Literature: A Stylometric Approach to Gender, Synergy and Authority' is funded by the Ghent University, Special Research Fund (BOF) and is directed by Prof. Jeroen Deploige (Ghent University), Dr. Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp) and Prof. Wim Verbaal (Ghent University).  The successful candidate will also work closely with the CLiPS Research Centre (Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics) at the University of Antwerp, in order to be immersed in the stylometric research carried out at the Institute.  

Stylometry, a subfield of Digital Humanities, offers new methods for segregating different writing styles. So far, stylometry has been especially popular in authorship attribution studies. This project aims to contribute to the debate about individual and collective creativity in the Middle Ages, and to extend the usual application of stylometric methods to new cultural-historical questions that go beyond mere authorship attribution. 

Further information about this vacancy including details of how to apply is available on the Henri Pirenna Institute for Medieval Studies website

The deadline for applications is 28 August 2015.
The starting date for the project is negotiable between 1.10.2015 and 1.7.2016.